There is nothing worse than going to shift gear and just hear your drivetrain grinding away but not have the chain move to the next cog. If you’ve been blighted by mis-shifts, skips, and gears that just don’t want to do what you tell them we have a handy guide for you.
If you’ve spent a while using Shimano or Campagnolo, changing to SRAM can be interesting. Not just for getting used to SRAM’s Double Tap system, but also on how you set SRAM up. We felt it would be a good time to explain to you how to set up SRAM Force and go through the ideas that might seem a little unorthodox if you’re used to the other two big groupset manufacturers.
When the sun starts shining, and the trails start to head towards their prime conditions, it can be tempting to just grab your good bike out of storage and just get out and shred. Your enthusiasm is understandable, but you probably want to take a minute and give your bike a good check over before you go out and get yourself unstuck with a completely preventable problem.
If you overdo it on solvents and jetwash, you could be killing your freehub. What you need is a good mix of care and attention, and your freehub should last a lot longer than if you get overzealous with the cleaning. Forgetting To do any maintenance as well will also kill your freehub, you need to find a nice middle ground.
Without the humble bearing, your bike might not go anywhere, or at least anywhere fast. Bearings are an integral part of your bike, and you probably don’t even spare a thought for them. There are various styles of bearing found on bikes, can you name them?